PIA Flight PK249 Returns to Islamabad Due to Closure of Kabul Airport

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PIA Flight PK249 Returns to Islamabad Due to Closure of Kabul Airport

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Today, PIA Airbus A320 registration AP-BLA flight PK249 from Islamabad to Kabul returned to Islamabad due to closure of Kabul Airport for security reason. The aircraft was not allowed to land in Kabul.

The flight departed from Islamabad at 10:48 AM and returned to Islamabad at 12:29 PM. It flew holding pattern for about forty minutes near Kabul.

The aircraft was also carrying a Pakistani parliamentary delegation led by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser.

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Re: PIA Flight PK249 Returns to Islamabad Due to Closure of Kabul Airport

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PIA flight PK249 status "Return to Stand" on Islamabad Airport website.

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Re: PIA Flight PK249 Returns to Islamabad Due to Closure of Kabul Airport

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Apparently a snub to speaker national assembly who was en route for a three day official visit.

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Re: PIA Flight PK249 Returns to Islamabad Due to Closure of Kabul Airport

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Shahab wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:43 pm Apparently a snub to speaker national assembly who was en route for a three day official visit.
This is what I thought too initially that it was intentional to please the Indian masters. But further reading the news about the incident I realized that the Kabul airport was closed due to genuine security concerns. The counter parts were waiting eagerly to receive our parliamentary delegation and the streets of Kabul were doctorates with pictures of speakers Qaiser and his accomplices.

For example read the news item on link below

https://www.express.pk/story/2164548/1/

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Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Islamabad International Airport. Visible in the background are Icelandair Boeing 767-300ER registration TF-ISO and PIA Airbus A320 registration AP-BLA.

Apparently, no aircraft landing at Kabul Airport between 8:41 AM and 12:39 PM on April 8. PIA flight PK249 was scheduled to land in Kabul at 10:40 AM.

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Air Arabia Airbus A320 registration A6-ANP Sharjah to Kabul flight G9692 flew holding pattern for about one hour before landing in Kabul at 12:39 PM.

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Afghan Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan said at least four other flights were also prevented from landing at Kabul Airport that day as officials had to shut the facility to disarm an “an old explosive.”

“The airport was shut because this explosive was found,” Aryan told Arab News. “There was no other thing.”

https://www.arabnews.pk/node/1843211/pakistan

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